Science Made Simple's Online Metric Converter

Brief Description of the Site:
Want your students to feel better when the classroom thermometer says 94 degrees and itâ€™s only 11:00 a.m.? Tell them to visit this site and convert 94Â° Fahrenheit to Celsius (a.k.a. Centigrade). When they see itâ€™s only 34.4Â° Celsius they may thank you! Or ask them to prove conclusively that that the average European driving 104.6 Kilometers per hour is not a speed demon by U.S. standards. The site does instant conversions for 13 categories plus â€œfruitâ€ (try it!), and itâ€™s as simple as entering a number and selecting the input and output choices.

How to use the site:
1). Use the money converter to determine how much an amount in US dollars is worth in the currencies of just about any country in the world, based on that dayâ€™s exchange rate. Social studies teachers will find this particularly useful. It also lists the fascinating names of some currency (Malaysiaâ€™s â€˜Ringgits;â€™ Thailandâ€™s â€˜Bahts;â€™ etc.) 2) Use it to help with that unit in Metrics (1 meter = 100 centimeters or 3.28084 feet; 1 ounce is .028 kilograms, etc.) 3) Make it an exercise in mathematics. Have students do a conversion but challenge them to then do the arithmetic by hand and prove or disprove the siteâ€™s accuracy. For more of a challenge donâ€™t simply give them the proper conversion formula but have them look it up.

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